When it comes to female-friendly travel destinations in the Arab world, the United Arab Emirates probably springs to mind first. Yet, a mere five hours drive from Dubai is Oman and its capital of Muscat, home to generous and hospitable people with a unique culture, and—according to Expat Insider—the safest Arab country for female tourists.
Oman has taken many steps towards gender equality. Women were recently granted permission to drive heavy vehicles and taxis, the need for the consent of a male guardian before women can marry has been dropped, and the Sultanate is the first and only Gulf country to make the radical change of making men and women’s testimony equal before the court of law. If headed to Muscat, this feminist city guide celebrates the women of this progressive Arab nation and their impact on society.